Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

34 critics

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Cian MaherNov 17, 2021
The problem is that these are very good remakes of Diamond & Pearl and excellent games in and of themselves - they’re just nowhere near the best Gen 4 remake. Given that Platinum is still superior to Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl in almost every conceivable way, it’s difficult to comprehend why these games even exist aside from making them available on a modern console, in which case… just port Platinum. That’s the main takeaway I have from my time with Shining Pearl: it’s brilliant and it shines, but not quite as brilliantly bright as a game that came out 13 years ago.
Kirstie SummersNov 29, 2021
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are fine enough remakes for reliving some memories and sharing them with the next generation. But beneath the glow of nostalgia, there’s a carelessness about their build that makes them fall short of expectations.
Donovan ErskineNov 17, 2021
There are some much-needed quality of life improvements, and the games are well polished and run really smoothly on the Switch. It’s hard to see newer fans finding much to appreciate here, but those that have fond memories of the original Diamond and Pearl will have a lot to love about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Josh WiseNov 26, 2021
There remains about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond the glint of something far gone, and there is something warmly reassuring about the place.
John CarsonNov 17, 2021
While Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl don’t move the needle in terms of what Pokémon games will look and play like moving forward, they mostly hit the mark in being faithful to the originals. I’ve really enjoyed my time re-exploring Sinnoh, despite my qualms with the lack of critical path difficulty. They’re a welcome throwback to a simpler time when I felt completing a Pokédex was a somewhat realistic task to undertake.
Steve WattsNov 17, 2021
So far, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl keep enough classic elements to feel like a comfy nostalgia trip, while smoothing over enough of the rough edges that they feel relatively contemporary with other recent Pokemon games. It can't be easy for a storied franchise to pay homage to its legacy while also modernizing in this way, but in my experience so far, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl strike the right balance.
Andrew StretchNov 22, 2021
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful recreations of the 2008 DS title. While leaving most content untouched the Quality of Life upgrades and enhanced features make this the best way to experience Sinnoh.
James PaleyNov 17, 2021
On the flip side, I’m not sure who this release is for. If you’ve never played Diamond and Pearl, you’ll probably love these games. Assuming you don’t mind a couple of tiny steps backwards in terms of mechanics. If you’re familiar with the old games, this will be a mostly pleasant nostalgia trip. Especially if you’ve forgotten everything that happens, like me.
Jordan RudekNov 17, 2021
Taken on its own, without the history of the franchise and the desire to see it be more, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is a great RPG. There's a wide variety of content, the gameplay is fun and polished, and the presentation of the remake is charming and warm. While it's easier to recommend to newer Pokémon fans than those who played the Nintendo DS originals, taking another trip around a much more visually striking Sinnoh region turned out to be more satisfying than I anticipated.
Chris CarterNov 23, 2021
If you haven’t experienced Pokemon Diamond or Pearl yet and don’t have access to Platinum, then the Gen 4 remakes on Switch might be worth exploring. Sinnoh has its own charm to it, and completionists will likely enjoy the endgame that is Grand Underground collecting. I just hope that when the time comes to remake Black and White, whatever team handles it is a lot less conservative.
Kirstin SwalleyNov 24, 2021
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the best remakes we’ve gotten since Heart Gold and Soul Silver and offer up a fantastic, faithful yet slightly re-imagined version of Sinnoh to enjoy before the next entry in the series makes its debut.
Rebekah ValentineNov 19, 2021
People who played Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes once more. For those setting out through Sinnoh for the first time, plenty of new encounters and surprises await. Players of this remake will find the easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences of the modern Pokémon series, plus up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.
Jordan MiddlerNov 17, 2021
While some of the slower elements of the original games have been fixed, and The Grand Underground makes up for the comparatively weak Pokédex, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s new art style and a few other stumbles make this pair of games a somewhat disappointing retread of Generation 4. They’re also very clearly in the shadow of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the upcoming open-world-like Pokemon game that has fans hoping it can take the series in exciting new directions beyond 20-year-old mechanics.
William CennamoNov 18, 2021
For anyone new or returning to the Pokémon series, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a perfect starting point that bridges the gap between classic and modern Pokémon games. The quality-of-life additions make the game more accessible without making it feel bloated, the art style is simplistic and cute, and the gameplay mechanics will keep players moving through the adventure with ease.
Richard SeagraveNov 26, 2021
It may seem a little bit costly for a remake that stays fairly close to the source material aside from a snazzy new look, but there’s still a lot of game here. Even better, it’s enjoyable no matter your age, gender or skill level. Once you’ve started playing Pokémon Brilliant Diamond you really will feel the urge to catch ’em all. And the improvements here mean it’s never been as easy or enjoyable.
Adam CookNov 17, 2021
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond is like a warm hug, offering nothing but smiles and enjoyment throughout. Long term fans will find the quality of life changes make it even easier, but nonetheless, it's an otherwise faithful remake and a joy from start to finish.
Juan A. FonsecaNov 17, 2021
Their faithfulness becomes a burden, which is concealed, sometimes clumsily, by their new features. The Pokémon formula continues to deliver an RPG that is easy to understand, hard to master, and addictive to the core, and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are here to prove it.
Jason ColesNov 17, 2021
I've had an absolute blast with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and I know there's plenty more for me to see thanks to their sheer size. With changes that lean mostly toward quality of life improvements, this is a firm reminder that Pokémon games can be extraordinary and one of the most enjoyable remakes I've played in a long time.
Jaimie DitchfieldNov 26, 2021
In short, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful remakes of one the franchise’s best generations, despite some shortcomings. Your enjoyment of the game will heavily depend on your nostalgia or overall love of the franchise, so don’t go in expecting a perfect remake. However, my time with these remakes was a fun one, and I’m excited to continue to explore the Grand Underground in search of a shiny Pokémon.
Preston DozsaNov 20, 2021
It’s difficult to screw up the Pokémon formula, and the charm that was found in the original Diamond and Pearl can still be found here. It’s just that, comparatively speaking, the remakes don’t add much to the originals. In some cases, it detracts from the original presentation and style. If you haven’t played the originals before, then Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are worth experiencing. But if you have, you will likely be disappointed by what you see.
Harry KalogirouNov 17, 2021
While it feels like Game Freak have been trying to find their footing with Pokémon over the last few years, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are a confident showing by ILCA that proves the series is far from dead. The classic formula is unchanged here, and still holds up, which will no doubt please long-time fans and newcomers alike.
Ben SalterNov 21, 2021
What we have here is a very similar, yet different, version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in high definition on Switch, but it’s not definitively the best version to play today, as was the case with FireRed/LeafGreen, HeartGold/SoulSilver and Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby when they launched. While it’s not a stunningly brilliant or shining remake, it is a very faithful one that plays it safe and is a welcome return to Sinnoh for those with fond memories of visiting on the DS — but I’m more excited to see what’s new in the region with Pokémon Legends Arceus.
Fran G. MatasNov 17, 2021
Unos remakes nostálgicos que agilizan las entregas originales que replica de manera fidedigna, con novedades que alargan el endgame y muy bonitos, pero que no solo no innovan, sino que se perciben como un paso atrás en la saga.
Sergio C. GonzálezNov 17, 2021
Abundantes en contenido gracias a las Grutas del Subsuelo y un generoso endgame, darán para muchas horas aun limitándose a las cuatro primeras generaciones. Todo ello, sumado a su bello estilo artístico a pesar de ser discretos a nivel técnico, da como resultado un viaje a Sinnoh ineludible para los fans; especialmente aquellos que tengan pensado jugar a Leyendas Pokémon Arceus dentro de un par de meses.
Sebastian QuirozNov 25, 2021
Sin embargo, ILCA comete un terrible error al ignorar deliberadamente el legado de la serie. Lamentablemente, estos remakes no son las versiones definitivas de la Cuarta Generación. Pokémon Platinum ofrece más y mejor contenido. El gameplay y la historia se sienten extraídos directamente de la época del DS, y no hay algún agregado que valga verdaderamente la pena. Ni siquiera la simplificación de los HM es algo nuevo, ya que esto ha estado presente desde Sun y Moon.
Mario GómezNov 24, 2021
Hay algunas buenas ideas ahí, sin duda; pero creemos que ni la música ni los gráficos han logrado evocar las sensaciones que tuvimos recorriendo Sinnoh por primera vez. Si le sumamos algunos problemas de diseño, está claro que este es un juego que disfrutarán solo quienes aprendan a hacer muchas cesiones en favor de esa experiencia de coleccionismo y aventura que va directamente atada a la franquicia.
Fabien PellegriniNov 28, 2021
Autre stigmate du passé, la Pokémontre qui s'affichait autrefois sur le deuxième écran de la DS prend désormais de la place sur l'unique écran de la Switch. Il est heureusement possible de désactiver son affichage, mais son ergonomie reste datée. Mais finalement, le plus grand défaut du jeu est de nous refaire le coup des deux versions ne donnant pas accès exactement à la même liste de Pokémon, alors même que Pokémon Platine existe depuis maintenant treize ans. Un remake n'est-il pas censé intégrer l'ensemble du contenu paru par le passé… ?
IndeeNov 19, 2021
Oui, notre progression s’est révélée, à quelques exceptions près, assez simple, et il y a pas mal de phases et d’arènes dont le level design a très mal vieilli. Sans parler du manque d’ambition global pour les visuels. Malgré tout, impossible de bouder son plaisir au moment de battre la Ligue (pas si facile que cela d’ailleurs) et de voir évoluer ses Pokémon. Un retour à Sinnoh perfectible, mais très agréable.
Francesco CoricaNov 23, 2021
Pokémon Diamante Lucente e Perla Splendente non sono altro che remake incredibilmente fedeli agli originali giochi usciti 15 anni fa su Nintendo DS. Ma è proprio la volontà di non fare forzature o rivoluzioni il loro più grande successo: con pochi efficaci cambiamenti per adattarli agli standard moderni, ILCA è riuscita a confezionare prodotti che, pur non essendo perfetti, riportano i giocatori indietro nel tempo per riscoprire una delle generazioni di Pokémon più amate di sempre.
Danilo DellafranaNov 17, 2021
Da un certo punto di vista, Pokémon Diamante Lucente è un remake che non ama correre eccessivi rischi, migliorando l’esperienza originale senza osare particolari stravolgimenti. Eppure questo rappresenta anche il suo più grande punto di forza, specialmente per non ha mai giocato i capitoli originali su DS. Il risultato è una ricostruzione autentica di un titolo storico, levigata e ripulita da elementi di game design obsoleto. Sicuramente la quarta generazione non è mai stata tanto bella da giocare.
Luca ForteNov 22, 2021
Pokémon Diamante Lucente e Pokémon Perla Splendente è un remake ben realizzato, ma che è un po' troppo rispettoso dei giochi originali, riproposti in maniera quasi pedissequa. In questo modo le novità introdotte sembrano quasi un corpo estraneo e ci si chiede, dunque, perché non sia stato preso in considerazione Platino, la versione arricchita e perfezionata di questi due classici per Nintendo DS.
Luuc ten VeldeNov 17, 2021
Onderaan de streep zijn Pokémon Brilliant Diamond en Shining Pearl dan ook bedoeld voor die nieuwe trainers. Het zijn de spelers die Sinnoh nog nooit hebben ervaren die het meeste plezier uit deze remakes zullen halen, want in de basis heeft ILCA prima remakes aangeleverd. In minimale vorm zijn er wat verbeteringen toegevoegd aan de gameplay, waarbij de toevoegingen aan de Underground het meeste opvallen.
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Παναγιώτης ΠετρόπουλοςNov 17, 2021
Οι νοσταλγοί της Sinnoh θα βρουν την απαραίτητη ζεστασιά έως ότου πιάσουν στα χέρια τους το Pokémon Legends: Arceus όπου θα τη γνωρίσουν στην πρωτόγονη μορφή της. Όσοι πάλι δεν άγγιξαν ποτέ τα Pokémon Diamond και Pearl έχουν την καλύτερη ευκαιρία να το κάνουν τώρα, στην πιο ραφιναρισμένη εκδοχή που θα μπορούσαν να είναι ποτέ (μέχρι και σήμερα τουλάχιστον).